Bengaluru: Indian Super League (ISL) side Bengaluru FC have signed Norwegian forward along with Spanish defender defender Franz Gonzalez ahead of their upcoming ISL seasons. As per reports they joined the club on season long deals. The club unveiled the signings on their social media on Tuesday (October 20).
And, BOOM!💥The Blues can confirm that Norwegian striker Kristian Opseth and Spanish defender Fran Gonzalez have signed season-long deals with the club. 🔵🔥
— Bengaluru FC (@bengalurufc) October 20, 2020
Standing at 6’2’’, Opseth, a target man upfront to be precise started his career at Kaupanger IL in Norway, before moving to the likes of Førde, Sogndal and Bodø/Glimt FC and had his recent stint in the A-League with Adelaide United.
“I’m really excited by this new challenge. The Indian Super League is growing and getting better with each year. Hopefully, I can contribute to take that level higher. I can’t wait to arrive in Goa and meet my new teammates and get started because I think we can do great things together. I got a good feeling after speaking to the coach (Carles Cuadrat) and the fact that Bengaluru is always a strong competitor for the title triggered the wanting to come,” added Opseth on the move.
Meanwhile the versatile Spanish Gonzalez, having played in India with Mohun Bagan in their title-winning 2019-20 I-League campaign, had his playing experience before in Cyprus, Thailand, Poland and Hong Kong. The man from sopan scored 10 goals for the Mariners last season and was the joint-second highest goal scorer in the I-League.
On his move, the Spaniard explained, “After only one season in India, I realised how big Bengaluru FC is as a club. I’m excited to face this new challenge with a top side and a great group of teammates and coaching staff. It will be a different season for sure, staying in Goa without our fans, but I am sure that we can be successful together. I can’t wait to begin!”
Bengaluru FC Coach Carles Cuadrat hop added on the signings of Opseth and Gonzalez with hopes for challenging the title again after winning the 2018/19 edition, “The additions of Kristian and Fran to the squad for this season makes us a very competitive team and that’s what we at Bengaluru FC strive to be season after season. Fran has won a title last season, and is familiar with Indian conditions. Meanwhile, Kristian is a proven goal scorer and along with Deshorn Brown and Cleiton Silva, he gives us the confidence we need in attack.”